BREAKING: Legendary ABC News Journalist Cokie Roberts Has Died At 75

Legendary ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75 due to complications from breast cancer.

Roberts was renowned throughout the country, especially in political and news media circles, as she was highly decorated for her work and paved the way for women in the field of journalism.

In serving as a news reporter and political commentator, ABC News reports “Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.”

In 2008, the Library of Congress also named Roberts as a “Living Legend,” per the report.

Heavy.com described Roberts as a “trailblazing journalist” and reports the American Women in Radio and Television named her “one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.”

Here’s more from ABC News:


“Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News. “Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists.”

Roberts was “a true pioneer for women in journalism,” Goldston said, “well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps.”

She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.

Roberts had a lengthy career in news media, starting after she graduated from Wellesley College in 1964 with a degree in political science. From there, Roberts started as a foreign correspondent for CBS News before covering Capitol Hill ventures for NPR.

ABC News adds:

She was assigned to Capitol Hill full-time in the early 1980s, serving as the network’s congressional correspondent for more than a decade.

Roberts co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She also served as political commentator, chief congressional analyst and a commentator for “This Week” during her three decades at ABC.

1980s, serving as the network’s congressional correspondent for more than a decade.

Before joining ABC News in 1988, Roberts spent more than two decades at outlets including WNEW (1968), KNBC-TV (1974-77), CBS News (1974-1977) and NPR starting in 1978. She was also a correspondent for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and a contributing senior news analyst for PBS.

Additionally, she wrote eight books, largely focusing on the role of women in American history, many of which were New York Times bestsellers.

Many people took to social media to express their condolences to the family and to remember Roberts’ great career:

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